Millburn High School's Life Skills Students Thank Community Partners

Mark Paul Serruto making a thank you speech to the business that helped support him in his SLE's.
Claire D'Alessio receiving her certificate for participation in SLE's from Roger
Dolly Ravishankar practicing helping a customer at Yo Addiction.

MILLBURN, NJ -  Millburn High School's Life Skills students, along with parents, staff and community partners, celebrated their year of participation in job training through the MHS Structured Learning Experiences and Community Based Instruction programs. 

These programs give the students an opportunity to further develop skills that they will need for their post-high school life.  Throughout the school year the students train with staff at different community partners and businesses to learn a variety of tasks.  

During the awards ceremony, the students thanked representatives from local businesses for the opportunities that they were given, ranging from working at the bakery at Shoprite, hosting at Charlie Browns, stocking shelves at TJ Maxx, cleaning, office work and much more to learn many new skills. 

"I enjoyed doing the bakery at Shoprite, hosting at Charlie Browns, stocking shelves at TJ Maxx and all of my other trainings,” program participant Claire D'Alessio said. 

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Another student, Dolly Ravishankar, said, "Thank you for letting me train at your businesses.  I enjoyed cleaning, working with customers, doing office work and learning many new skills."  

Millburn High School's Structured Learning Experience Program partnered with the following companies this year to provide hands on, real world learning experiences for the students.:  Aramark, American Red Cross, Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill, CVS Millburn, Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, La Strada, Millburn Fire Department, Millburn Board of Education, New Eyes for the Needy, Overlook Hospital, Wakefern Corporation, Papermill Playhouse, Spectrum Works, Summit YMCA, St Rose of Lima, Superkids and Yo Addiction. 

“In addition to on-the-job training, students in the Transition program receive preparation in a variety of life skills including, but not limited to domestic skills, financial planning, social skills and career planning,” said Roger Askins, the Transition Coordinator at Millburn High School who coordinated teh program.

The Community Based Instruction part of the program is designed for students to gain skills that they will need to function in the community.  Students practice skills in the classroom and apply them in real world settings like grocery stores, pizzerias, shopping centers, the YMCA and other community placements.  This program is run by Michele Acitelli.

Mr. Askins added, “As we are always looking to improve the options for our students, any businesses that would be willing to assist with job training may contact me at 973-564-7130, x 379.”    

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